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France's national health insurance wrestling with rising costs

Washington Post, September 23, 2009

France has long been proud of its national health insurance, but the fast-rising cost of drugs and medical care, particularly for the elderly, has raised the question of how long the country can afford healthcare. Seeking to beat back rising deficits, the government has reduced the reimbursement rate for many medicines and routine medical services, opening a growing market for private insurance policies to cover the steadily increasing co-payments.